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Poole prepares to shine as light festival begins

This year’s theme is tides and artists have developed their works to relate to the ocean. The event will feature artwork from emerging and internationally renowned artists.

The local Carter Community School are involved in creating the installation entitled Digital Ripples. Students from year 9 and 10 will use lamp posts to create a digital auditory trail encompassing the sounds of Poole.

The work of Arts University Bournemouth student Seren Birtles will also be featured.

She has created ‘Eyrie’, a nest of plastic to stretch between the floor and ceiling of St James Church Community Building. Her project aims to highlight the effects of plastic on marine life.

The organisers of the event, Light Up Poole, describe light art as the perfect medium for challenging perceptions that art is elitist and can engage new audiences.

They have defined four key principles that they hope to explore in 2019: artistic excellence and innovation; thinking differently; gender and technology, and mobility and accessibility.

Various national and local partners are supporting the event, including the National Lottery Fund, Poole Lighthouse and Bournemouth University.

Click here to find out more about the event and to access a programme of exhibits.

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